How Self-tracking Activities Assist Professional Sports Players.

In the article of Dewart McEven K, the authors illustrated the existence and functionality of self-tracking activities in modern political-economic environment. They pointed out the approaches that self-trackers are able to gain on subjectivities in an employed relationship, thus to achieve greater commodified value.

The idea of self-tracking activities and subjectivities brought to individuals within labour market might share certain similarities with modern competitive sports industry. Outstanding professionals monitor their performance with great self-awareness, and they are often found to be more capable and commercially valuable than the majority. A self-tracking player, for instance in baseball, soccer or basketball. he or she could apply self-tracking for the improvement of their competitive abilities, which would further be translated into commodified financial value. A pitcher’s commercial value is largely attached to the quality of his pitching–velocity, spin, mental stability etc. Through improving such skills with professional methods of self-tracking–apps, devices and data analysis tools as mentioned in the abstract of the article, the pitcher gain on his physical capability and thus commercial value. Subjectivity is expressed through the fact that the pitcher is employed by the team, while the team grows more willing to keep the pitcher in their squad as his ability rises. Productivity or reproductivity of one individual in competitive sports are quantified through his or her status in the game–how long did they appear on the field or court, number of scores, assists or numbers of strike out etc. As players are monitored and evaluated by the formal status, off the field the self-tracking ones are more likely to gain improvement on personal skillset in order to achieve higher productivity in competitive games.

In fellow classmate jhk26’s article about competition and politics, they argued that competition is inevitable and it aids the stimulation and utilization of individual’s merit. Professional sports are known for great competition pressure both outside with other teams and within the club between individual players. Some professional’s merit is enhanced through self-tracking activities, which makes them more likely to deliver strong productivities on the field and stand out in competition.


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  1. Thank you for your great reading response!I got a clear understanding of the assigned paper’s argument from the first paragraph of the response, “self-trackers are able to gain on subjectivities in an employed relationship, thus to achieve greater commodified value”.
    Examples baseball and basketball are good to understand and verify the author’s point;The player can get improvement from self-tracking to increase their commdified financial value.
    Pitcher is a terrific and specific example here; for a pitcher, he can improve his skills through the self-tracking apps gain on physical capability in order to increase their commercial value.
    My question here is that do you think self-tracking apps will also cause bad effects here for letting players become utilitarian,regardless of the sports itself?


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